The true Welsh pony, and especially if he is a creditable representative of his race, is one of the best and most serviceable animals that could be desired. The worst thine that can be said about him is that the Welsh pony has been so carelessly bred that a variety of types exist to confuse the public mind. As a rule, the Welsh pony runs rather taller than the varieties referred to above, for it is not often that a really good-looking one stands much under 13 hands, and there are a great many over that height. Still, as it is not everyone that requires a very small pony, this may be regarded as a qualification in favour of the Welshman by many persons; and at all events there is no denying the fact that these animals have not only fully maintained their hold upon the affections of the public, but have deserved it. The best specimens very closely approach the miniature Hunter type, which may be laid down as the most generally accepted ideal for the all-round pony; but many of them lack the quality that the introduction of Thoroughbred blood always brings, though the Welshman is grand material to work upon. He is generally a very free and fast mover, with plenty of action, and his legs and feet are exceptionally good, soundness being one of his notable attributes - in fact so much so that, as far back as the year 1842, Nimrod in his book alluded to the Welshmen as never going lame in their feet or becoming roarers.
Koughly speaking, though the Welsh pony and cob are not always so blood-like in the head as some breeds, they are by no means coarse there; they are very good about the shoulders, the back is short and strong, and the quarters, if sometimes plain, are as a rule superior to those of many other varieties. The Welsh pony also has a society devoted to his interest and improvement, and, like the Exmoor, may be dismissed with the observation that, however valuable he may be for the beginner to commence with, it is probable that if the object of the breeder is to produce 12-hand ponies, he may experience some difficulty in making his enterprise a success.